I have it! Just for you, a (MUCH) healthier Uncrustables alternative!
Whole grain, sugar free, wheat free, nut free, dairy free, preservative free, GMO free, kid tested and easy to make!
My daughter has many demons to battle – food allergies and chronic ear infections. I have written many times about her allergies, but I haven’t spoken much about her ear infections. Recently, upon a order from the pediatrician to have her third set of tubes in I put the breaks on. WHY is this happening? Obviously the tubes are a bandaid covering up the real issue.
After a trip or two to Naturopathic Doctor, Dr Jon Repole, we are working through a proper diagnosis that engages several holistic methods including diet, probiotics, chiropractic adjustments, massage, essential oils and agitating the lymph system. After discussing diet, I realized I had been adding quite a bit of wheat back in and she was consuming too much sugar in the form of jelly, honey etc. Though her external allergies were ok, it may be part of the cause of the fluid and inflammation in her ears.
Part of my process of changing her diet, and the diet of our whole family, is to read ingredients on food labels and look for healthier alternatives. Dr Repole made the suggestion to switch from Ezekiel bread to a local company called DeLand bakery with a very simple ingredient list.
I know how hard it is to change a child’s diet in an attempt to make it healthier and want to help parents out there struggling with the same issues. I sometimes eat lunch at my daughter’s school and the processed and packaged “food” is typically on the plates – Uncrustables and Lunchables are commonplace for kids that bring lunch from home. Though this is a few more steps – the nutrient content, exclusion of preservatives and GMOs is well worth it.
BREAD: GMO ENRICHED UNBLEACHED FLOUR (PROCESSED FLOUR REQUIRES NUTRIENTS TO BE ADDED BACK IN) (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, UNBLEACHED WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, GMO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, GMO SOYBEAN OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, YEAST, DOUGH CONDITIONERS (TRANS FAT DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDES, DATEM (DOUGH CONDITIONER LINKED TO ASTHMA), ENZYMES (WITH AMYLASE (FROM BACTERIA, FUNGUS OR SWINE. MAY BE GMO), LIPASE, ASCORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVE), CALCIUM PEROXIDE (USED TO BLEACH FLOUR. BANNED IN CHINA AND THE EU), AZODICARBONAMIDE (INGREDIENT IN YOGA MATS LINKED TO ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES!!!!), WHEAT STARCH]).
PEANUT BUTTER: PEANUTS, DEXTROSE (FORM OF SUGAR), SUGAR, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (FOOD ADDITIVE), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (GMO TRANS FAT) GMO SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR RAPESEED), SALT, MOLASSES.
GRAPE JELLY: GRAPE JUICE, GMO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, GMO CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PECTIN, GMO CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE).
Ingredients purchased at Native Sun Natural Food Market
BREAD: DeLand Oat Bread: Oat bran, Oatmeal Flour, Filtered Water, Sea Salt, Baking Powder (Gluten Free option is available.)
SUNBUTTER: MaraNatha Sunflower Seed Butter: Roasted Sunflower Kernel Seeds, Sea Salt.
JELLY: Dates, Water, Himalayan Salt
Healthier Uncrustables Alternative
Vegan, Wheat Free
2 slices DeLand oat bread
1 Tbsp date “jelly” (see directions below)
1 1/2 Tbsp MaraNatha sunflower seed butter
1. Lightly toast bread; spread on sunflower seed butter and date paste; cut off crusts.
**Date “Jelly” Directions: Soak 1 lb pitted dates in 1 cup water overnight. Blend dates, water and 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt until a smooth paste is formed.
***I haven’t tried this yet, but make a bunch up and place them in the freezer and pull out as needed. I bet they will work great!
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 12.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 290.0 mg
Potassium 120.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 44.8 g
Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
Sugars 16.8 g
Protein 7.8 g
Vitamin E 20.3 %
Calcium 2.5 %
Copper 18.8 %
Iron 7.0 %
Magnesium 18.8 %
Niacin 9.0 %
Zinc 7.5 %
*Percent Daily Values for a Healthier, Whole Food Uncrustables alternative are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.